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Cat-Women of the Moon

Published 1953

This is a classic b-Grade Sci-fi movie from 1953. Leonmard Maltin called it "the best of the So-Bad-it's-Good movies". Sometime shown in 3-d, always shown with a score by Elmer Bernstein, this picture is also known as "Rocket to the Moon". A group of space travellers find themselves landing on a hostile moon inhabited by beautiful women in tight black costumes and heavy eye makeup.

This film is public domain because of the failure of it's producer/copyright owner to lodge a copyright renewal registration at the end of the 28th year (31 December 1981) after it's "in notice" copyright date (1953). The failure to file by this date renders all subsequent renewal registrations invalid, regardless of their status or filing with the US Copyright Office.

Run time 64 mins
Producer Al Zimbalist
Production Company ZM Productions
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
Language English
Contact Information <a href="">The Video Cellar</a>


Reviewer: stpt1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2017
Subject: Lunar Litterbox
Somebody please call the Animal Shelter. I'd like to put some Cat-Women up for adoption. I hope someone rescues them.
This movie was entirely intended to amuse and entertain. It's too silly to be dissected, and it's post-war sexism and stereo typing is what makes it funny. It is interesting that we walked on the moon just 16 years after this movie was made.
Reviewer: rclo - - December 31, 2013
Subject: Elmer Bernstien?
Did they really credit the score to "Elmer Bernstien?!"
Reviewer: Goose.Tube - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2013
Subject: Meorrr
Thank you for flea'd pussies on the moon.
Reviewer: disco07 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2013
Subject: These women are yugly
Lets face it. Bad sets, lighting, acting, there is no hope. It was too long and boring. Our senior citizen astronauts did not help either (no offense). The outfits were truly no inspiation at all. But if I were tens years old watching the late show on tv, this would be perfect. The women would look better too!
Reviewer: ghostmadl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2013
Subject: Horrible
This movie was pretty bad. 63 minutes long and it took them 25 to land, 5 to get into trouble. And then it meandered with "whaaaaa?" mentality until 5 minutes before the end.....and then it was as anticlimactic as a .... well you get the idea.
Reviewer: anniefannie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2013
Subject: Hehe
Great movie! Lots of excitement and laughs. Check it out.
Reviewer: Dark Corners - - July 27, 2013
Subject: Dark Corners Video Review
Try before you buy. Dark Corners reviews the best of the worst. Check out our Dark Corners review of Cat Women of the Moon.
Reviewer: tbragg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2013
Subject: Set-bound cheesiness + 50s sexual politics = fun
I love these kinda movies.

Several stupid male and one female astronauts in a rocket--they always do that, do they not see the trouble ahead?--have their mission threatened by arrogant, uniformly dressed, sexually frustrated moon women. What else do you need to know.

Great dialogue from the tough astronaut men: "Yer too smart for me, baby--I like 'em dumb!"

Don't miss the riveting descending the rocket scene (18mins in) and the most overacted slap in the movies (57:45).
Reviewer: ucla1960 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2012
Reviewer: splue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2011
Subject: make me purr
remember that
Reviewer: bobdyslexic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2011
Subject: Amazon Women of the Moon
If you compare these two movies (one full, one a sketch) you will see that only "truly great thespians" such as Mr. Jory deserve the ultimate tribute of being made fun of by Kentucky Fried movies.

Wait, I just recieved a message from the Zucker brothers. "John Landis had nothing to do with Catwomen of the the Moon.
Reviewer: TheCalebWallace - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2011
Subject: Link
Hi, I did a video review of this movie feel free to watch it at the link below.
Reviewer: NoiseCollector - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2011
Subject: 50 minutes
remember that
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2011
Subject: Cat And Mouse Game
Arrogant space lesbians, confident of their superiority, subvert humanity's first mission to the Moon, and lay in wait with their plan for world domination. Lured into the trap by the mission's only woman, three of the four male crew members are wined, dined, and corrupted, revealing all the cat-women need to know to fly the spaceship. One astronaut is killed after revealing what he knows. The one man who has been wary throughout ruthlessly digs out the plot. Yet another has the plot revealed to him out of love. Ah, love. These two then inform the captain. After the cat-women are killed, the crew return to Earth.

On their way to the moon, the ship is struck by a whistling meteor, which looks much more like a comet. It damages the atom chamber, spilling nitric acid. Would you find nitric acid anywhere in an atomic reactor? No. A fire extinguisher is used during the emergency, but there are no flames. Let that pass. The mission apparently hadn't been planned with a landing site chosen, so the cat-women's proxy convinces the captain, her main squeeze, to land on the dark side, though he's concerned that it's too cold there. The temperature on the dark side is the same as on the light side, which is the temperature of space itself. To make his point, after leaving the ship the captain drops a cigarette onto the light side, where it bursts into flame. Since there's no oxygen on the Moon, the Sun's heat couldn't have ignited it. Oh well, on with the show! The crew are lured into exploring a nearby cave. They discover an oxygen atmosphere, and are attacked by giant spider puppets. What's preventing the atmosphere from disappearing out of cave opening into the hard vacuum of space? We never learn. While the rest are distracted, a cat-women touches the female astronaut, leaving a moon mark on her left hand and making her one with the cat-women. Or so they think. When Victor Jory's caveman-like character confronts her, he embraces her and grabs that hand, breaking the hold the cat-women have on her, at least temporarily. She reveals her love for him while spilling the beans on the cat-women. He does this again later, but caught by the captain, fights with him over her affections. The captain gives up easily, though. No great love there. The cat-women do a mildly sensual dance, with musical accompaniment from some mysterious source, once they have the information they want. Preparation, celebration, pandering, or padding, you decide. The driving force behind the cat-women's desire to leave the moon is the continual loss of atmosphere there, which they say has lead to the necessity of a slow genocide over the centuries. There are only a handful of cat-women left. Adding the fact that only cat-women and giant spiders are still living on the moon, one can guess the gruesome method by which the population has been winnowed.

I'm thankful for the lack of exposition on the extremely implausible and impossible in this movie. It often was and still is a real problem with scriptwriting. Not that this movie had a good script. Best to just let those things slide, and keep moving. Enjoy the corny dialog on the way to the moon. Revel in the anachronistic attitudes. Ponder the cat-women's nonsensical plot for world domination. Some would call this movie campy or kitschy. I just call it a lot of fun. Enjoy!
Reviewer: aldosmilt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2010
Subject: Fun flashback...
Hey commander, lighten up. We didn't lug those gym lockers and desk chairs this far just to be yelled at by a guy who has as much trouble as you do with his lines.

This was the kind of movie I loved as a kid at a Saturday matinee. I think I remember seeing this one. It's great to see it again. I originally thought that this was the fifties movie about women on the moon featuring one of the Gabor sisters.
Reviewer: ohsnapiam56 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2010
Subject: Victor Jory Hot? Not!
The funniest thing in this movie was making Victor Jory the 'hot love man'. That alone is worth a few stars. The men in this picture are soooo dumb. But maybe that's a subtle message the movie is trying to sell? Anyhoo, not a bad B movie. Not my favorite (horrible continuity and plot) but definitely worth a beer and pizza. PS...the women don't remind me of cats at all. Don't get that.
Reviewer: tohofan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2010
Subject: Classic
Don`t take any notice of what user doowopbob writes . This idiot has no taste and has no idea or concept on what makes a good B movie .This is a classic B movie Sci-fi , it says so in many publications and fits all the criteria of a classic B movie . So doowopbob needs to do us all a favor and go do something constructive instead of bad mouthing everything he doesn't get .
Reviewer: Aitchondo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2010
Subject: cat women of the moon
good ole campy silly fun.
Reviewer: skybandit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2010
Subject: Thanks, Video Cellar
I haven't even looked at it, but I'm fed up with whining from fedupwithgarbage, so I'm giving your generosity five stars. If he doesn't like it, he should ask for his money back! Seems he's the kind of guy who would complain about the quality of food served by the Red Cross at the refugee camp after the earthquake knocked his town over. Maybe one day he'll get off his whiny pussy ass and upload something himself, but until then I think he should just shut the hell up about the quality of uploads from those who are good and kind enough to share what they have with the world.
Thus endeth the sermon.
Reviewer: Dr Thom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2010
Subject: Absolutely Loved It!!
Very entertaining, campy film. I thought the mismatched space suits and the giant spiders were fabulous! And, just how many bullets did that pistol hold? Seems like it kept firing forever. Don't miss the cat-women fertility dance!
Reviewer: cosmico - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2010
Subject: Retro Sci-Fi Fun!
I'll go along with the reviewers who appreciate that CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON is on the Archive for free and delight that we now have it! Many thanks to the uploader, Video Cellar!

I've seen this movie a few times in the past, and though it's definitely a product of its time and a bit (make that a LOT) on the silly side, I find it greatly entertaining, and at only 64 minutes a breezy watch. The early music score by Elmer Bernstein gives the film a nice aural vibe, and the outrageous casting of b-movie veterans Sonny Tufts, Marie Windsor, and Victor Jory keeps it lively. This print looks just fine to me, and I might even copy it to my portable media player so folks can watch me giggling my head off while I watch it at Starbucks.

Nostalgic note: I recall seeing CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON and ROBOT MONSTER one afternoon in the 1970s with my late father...he and I kept looking at each other and rolling our eyes to each other as if to say, "WTF!?" Priceless!

Bottom line: this film is a hoot! Love it!
Reviewer: Jon57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2010
Subject: Cat Women of the Moon
I have not seen this movie yet, but felt compelled to write this anyway. I'm in my 50's this movie is older than I am. The fact that it is still viewable is a miracle, since many "newer films have been lost to the ravages of age. So it it isn't HD too bad, it's still great fun to see the movies from time in history where people could have time to make such fun films and not the special effects blood and gore we have so prevalent today. It's free fun, so sit back and enjoy.
Reviewer: fedup - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2010
Subject: Cat women of the moon
I agree with the earlier comment on how so many people whine about everything.the films are great to watch.Sometimes the best quality is not available for download,but the downloads are free and I appreciate it.All these people who whine about quality,sound,etc should stay in their playpen and whine to their mothers.If you dont like what you see,get off this website.
Reviewer: fedupwithgarbage - - April 13, 2010
Subject: Good Z-movie - lousy conversion
I really don't believe this movie was ever meant to be taken seriously so just watch it for it's historical, z-movie value and get a good laugh.

Unfortunately, this particular uploader has consistently proven his lack of interest in uploading anything other than bad, faulty, inferior conversions so you'd be better off downloading a better quality copy of this movie somewhere else.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2010
Subject: Meow!
When an Astor Pictures production stars Sunny Tufts and features "The Hollywood Cover Girls," you know schlock-meisters Al Zimbalist and Jack Rabin are hard at work. Want proof? How about a spaceship equipped with office chairs and instrument dials painted on the walls, and just wait until the cat-women slink onto the scene in a fiesta of awful acting. The cheese is topped off by the dopiest spider puppet ever. Two good actors are trapped onboard, Victor Jory and Marie Windsor (see "The Narrow Margin"), but they're skunked by the ridiculous plot and laughable dialog like this: Cat-girl to astronaut: "I'd like driving down to the beach, stretching out on the sand, just a boy and girl together - and maybe have what you call a Coke." In short, outstanding so-bad-it's-good fun from beginning to end. FOOTNOTE: Believe it or don't, this lovable turkey was actually remade in 1959 as "Missile to the Moon," with worse acting and even cheezier sets and effects. The "Hollywood Cover Girls" are replaced by "International Beauty Contest Winners," and the spider puppet gives an encore performance for old times' sake.
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - December 27, 2009
Subject: Leonard Who.....?....Sonny Who..?
You Know It"s Schlock In The First 5 Minutes, When You See Our "Astronaut"s" Strapped To Canvas "Hollywood By The Pool" Lounge Chairs..!.Our Favorite Bazooka Bra Tough Girl. Marie Windsor (The Narrow Margin 1952) Adds Nothing To This Epic..!... Victor Jory Almost Kicks A Console To The Floor While Getting Up From Space Induced Coma..!...Viewer Will Find Himself In Same Condition..!..AND DON'T BOTHER D/L THE DIVX VERSION, IV'E DONE IT TWICE....NO SOUNDTRACK..!
Reviewer: matt1900 - favorite - September 5, 2009
Subject: this is just bad
this is not one of those it's so bad it's good movies. everything thing about this movie is bad. the plot makes no sense at all. the characters are cliche. the acting is terrible . so many questions, like why would they even send this group of clowns into space except maybe to rid the earth of them? why are they bringing cigarettes and matches into space? why is one them packing a pistol? what is up with the guy who is trying to make a buck by bring back souvenirs of the moon to sell or plugging an oil company during a radio transmission back to earth. what is up with cat women? they look nothing at all nor have any attributes of a cat. this whole movie is just plain dumb. the video and audio quality of the 512kb download was very good.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2009
Subject: Sonny Tufts???
This film is NOT also known as "Rocket to the Moon". There WAS a remake (well, sort of) called "Missile to the Moon" that was released in 1958.

I have unashamedly enjoyed both versions.
Reviewer: phlogiston13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2009
Subject: catwomen
totally agree with the first statement. absolute rubbish. this is a movie i have been after for many moons. i finally got it and i am not disappointed. i love it . nearly as bad as robot monster, my personal pick for worst movie ever, after titanic, that is.
Reviewer: Wetdog - favoritefavorite - May 24, 2009
Subject: Cat Women of the Moon
LOL!!! Cliche city. The guys, what a bunch of sappy dopes!

I found myself visuallizing Bugs Bunny standing in the corner of the screen, munching a carrot and pointing with his thumb saying "What a maroon."

Bugs was the star of the movie. But I had some good laughs out of it.
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